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CD REVIEW: Bobtown - Bobtown
By Don Sechelski - 08/27/2010 - 07:50 PM EDT

Artist: Bobtown
Album: Bobtown
Label: Bobtown Recordings.
Genre: Americana, Folk, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Wailin' Jennys
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Best Songs: Take Me Down, Black Dog, When Shall I Go?
CD Review: Bobtownís music is, at the same time, richly traditional and fresh and intriguing. From the opening dobro twang of the first cut, Take Me Down, I was mesmerized. Rich vocal harmonies and influences ranging from old-time gospel to pop combine to create a wonderfully original musical experience. Bobtown is comprised of Karen Dahlstrom on vocals and guitar, Katherine Etzel on vocals, accordion, and percussion with Gary Keenan on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and dobro. Jen McDearman sings and plays percussion while Fred Stesney brings vocals, bass, and percussion. All the band members contributed songs to the endeavor. This CD is delightful from beginning to end. Each song is treasure by itself but my favorites included Take Me Down with its hand clapping gospel feel, the bluegrassy Shadow of the Mountain, and the wonderfully whimsical Black Dog. But I could have just easily called out My Soul, an upbeat shout-out to the Lord or the elegiac We Will Bury You. Thereís really not a bad cut here. Iíve listened to the album repeatedly since Iíve received it and it sounds better each time. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my top favorites of 2010. I fully expect this band to break out big. Thereís too much talent there. You should find this CD and check it out. You wonít be disappointed.

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